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25. Feast of the Holy Nativity. 

26. St. Stephen's Day. 

27. St. John the Evangelist's Day. 

28. Holy Innocents' Day. 
31. Sunday after Christmas. 


ALMIGHTY GOD, Who hast given 
us Thy only-begotten Son to take our 
nature upon Him, and at this time 
to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant 
that we being regenerate, and made 
Thy children by adoption and grace, 
may daily be renewed by Thy Holy 
Spirit; through the same our Lord 
Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth 
with Thee and the same Spirit, ever, 
one GOD, world without end. Amen. 

O GOD, Who makest us glad with 
the yearly remembrance of the birth 
of Thine only Son, Jesus Christ; 
Grant that as we joyfully receive Him 
for our Redeemer, so we may with 
sure confidence behold Him when He 
shall come to be our Judge, Who liv- 
eth and reigneth with Thee and the 
Holy Ghost, one GOD, world without 
end. Amen. 

The Rector and Mrs. Taylor wish 
you a very happy Christmas-tide. May 
the peace of GOD and the Good-will 
of this Holy Season abide in your 
hearts and minds. Let us in our 
happiness not crowd out the thought 
of the day and may we make our- 
selves happier by making others 
happy in His Name. Please make a 
special effort to receive the Blessed 
Sacrament of the Holy Communion 
Christmas Day or during the octave 
of Christmas. 


Joseph Allsbrook and Lucie Peo- 
ples, Holy Trinity. 


Rebecca Breelove Royster, Bul- 
lock, N. C. 


As the cost of printing the Christ- 
mas number of THE MESSENGER 
exceeds the receipts, we are due from 
our advertisers, we are asking five 
cents a copy for this issue. 



By Nathaniel D. Boyd, Senior Warden 

Some time since, "The Southern 
Churchman" gave some very interest- 
ing data in connection with some of 
the old, historic Churches of the 
South. The Church of St. John, at 
Williamsboro, in old Granville County, 
N. C, was not one of these, and sur- 
mising—perhaps the necessary data 
were not then in hand — I venture to 
supply a few facts that can scarcely 
fail to be of interest to Churchmen 
generally, and to Churchmen of the 
Diocese of North Carolina in particu- 

In the first place, I may state that 
St. John's was founded in 1767, four 
years after the Peace of Paris, and 
only two years after the passage of 
the hateful Stamp Act. It is the oldest 
Parish Church in the present Diocese 
of North Carolina, and the third oldest 
in the State. It was the home Church 
of the Right Rev. John S. Ravens- 
croft, the first Bishop of the Diocese, 
and in the Vestry Room still stands 

the chair which the Bishop used 
when there. One of its arms is 
widened to form a fair sized table, 
beneath which is a small drawer, 
with compartments for pens, pencils 
and sermon paper. The old high- 
backed pews and the three-decker pul- 
pit remained in use until about the 
year 1870. 

It may prove interesting to many 
to know that Williamsboro lay in 
the direct line of march of Lord 
Cornwallis' troops from Guildford 
Court House to Yorktown, where he 
surrendered. While passing through 
Williamsboro, the troops of Cornwal- 
lis halted, and some of them biv- 
ouacked in St. John's Church. 
To this day a burnt spot 
in the floor of the gallery is 
pointed out as the result of their 
carelessness with fire. It is said that 
they used the oldest of the records 
as fuel. Williamsboro came very near 
being selected as the site for the 
State University, missing the election 
by only two votes. Had it been se- 
lected, there is very good ground for 
supposing that St. John's Church 
might now be a Cathedral. 

The old gallery, in which, in ante- 
bellum times, the slaves used to sit 
when attending their masters and 
mistresses to Church, is still in an 
excellent state of preservation; and 
the graveyard, which contains some 
very interesting old tombs, and forms 
the last resting place of some worthy 
and eminent pioneer families of the 
neighborhood, will well repay a visit. 
This graveyard is kept up with loving 
care, and made beautiful periodically 
by reverent descendents of those who 
are taking their long rest within its 
hallowed precincts. Each year an All 
Saints' Day service, with the celebra- 
tion of the Holy Communion, is held 
in the church. The second wife of 
Bishop Ravenscroft was Miss Sarah 
Buford. Her body reposes in the 
churchyard at the rear of the Sanctu- 
ary. She died Jan. 15th, 1829. The 
Bishop, who died in Raleigh, while on 
his way to Fayetteville, was buried 
at Christ Church, in that city. The 

tombs of William Anderson (died 
1833), Alexander Hamilton (died 
1833), Robert Anderson (died 1840), 
William Anderson (died 1840), George 
Burns (died 1843), all of whom were 
emigrants from Scotland; the Turner 
family, the Bullock family, the Bur- 
wells, the Hardys, Sneeds, Reads, Jen- 
kins, Robards, and others, all old set- 
tlers, have their last resting place 
in this — God's Acre. Mrs. Frances 
Poindexter, a lady who in her lifetime 
was one of the most esteemed mem- 
bers of this estimable and wealthy 
family, has a fine tomb, erected by 
loving survivors. 

It seems fitting that such a Parish 
Church as this should not be permit- 
ted to fall into oblivion. Hence this 
brief sketch. 


A very beautiful set of brass Eu- 
charistic candlesticks have been pre- 
sented to the Church of the Heavenly 
Rest, Middleburg, by Mrs. Joseph 
Sharpies of St. Peter's Parish, Clifton, 
New Jersey. These candlesticks were 
imported from England, and have 
been in the Sharpies family for a long 
time. Hence we feel more than grate- 
ful for the gift. 

The Sunday School of St. Peter's 
Stovall, has just presented the Church 
with a very pretty white hanging for 
the lectern, which will be used for the 
first time on Christmas Day. 

Services may be expected on the 
Feast of the Holy Nativity, commonly 
known as Christmas Day, as follows: 
8 a. m., celebration of the Holy Com- 
munion, St. Peter's, Stovall; 10 a. m , 
celebration of the Holy Communion, 
Holy Trinity, Townsville; 11:30 a. m., 
celebration of the Holy Communion 
and Sermon, Church of the Heavenly 
Rest, Middleburg; 7:30 p. m., Christ- 
mas Service and Sermon, Holy Trin- 
ity, Townsville. "Merry Christmas 
and good cheer! But let the day be- 
gin with Holy Bread on the Altar 
spread, and Christians worshiping." 


During the recent General Conven- 
tion in St. Louis, the people of the 
various churches in and around that 
city gave a wonderful performance 
called "The Pageant of the Church". 
It showed by tableaux and episodes 
the story of the Church from the day 
of Pentecost down to the time when 
Bishop Tuttle worked among the 
miners and cow boys in the "Wild 
West". It was held in the Coliseum, 
an immense building seating 5,000 
people, and every seat was full. There 
were three stages, a large one in the 
centre and smaller ones at each side, 
and as fast as the curtain went down 
on one beautiful scene it rose on an- 
other. We wish we could show you 
pictures of all of them. Of course 
many of the earlier scenes were part 
of the history of our mother-Church 
in England. One of the most beautiful 
was that of Pope Gregory in the slave 
market at Rome. You who have stud- 
ied history will remember that he saw 
some lovely blue-eyed, golden-haired 
children for sale, and en asking 
where they came from was told they 
were Angles from the island of Brit- 
ain. "They should be called 'angels' 
not 'Angles' ", said the good Pope, 
and he became so interested in them 
that he sent St. Augustine to Britain. 
Of course our Church had made its 
way there already, but it was not 
well known until St. Augustine went. 

After awhile the story shifted to 
America. First we saw on one side 
the landing of Sir Francis Drake on 
the coast of California, with his 
Chaplain conducting the first Prayer 
Book Service on this continent, while 
on the large middle stage was enact- 
ed the landing of the colonists at 
Jamestown. When the curtain went 
up the Indians were having a war 
dance. Then Captain John Smith ar- 
rived, with his colonists and sailors, 
and amid the wonderment of the In- 
dians the Rev. Robert Hunt read the 
prayers of the Church. 

We have not space to tell you of all 
these lovely pictures, but the last one 

was so interesting that you will like 
to hear about it. It showed a group 
of the old-time miners and cowboys 
in the West, with Bishop Tuttle, as 
a young man, talking to them. Some 
one in the audience led the real Bish- 
op Tuttle up into this group. Though 
he tried to protest, the people ap- 
plauded so long and vigorously that 
the dear old man had to make a 
speech. He told them in homely words 
some of his experiences when he first 
went to be Bishop over Montana, Ida- 
ho and Utah, and contrasted them 
with the wonderful growth that has 
taken place in one lifetime. 

Last of all was the final tableau, 
when all the characters who had tak- 
en part were gathered on the large 
central stage, together with people 
from all parts of the world — Chinese, 
Japanese, Africans — from South 
America and Mexico and Cuba — typi- 
cal of the time when all men shall be 
gathered into the Church Universal. 
From the midst of this scene the Pre- 
siding Bishop gave the benediction 
to the vast audience. It was a fitting 
close to a solemn and beautiful occa- 
sion. No one who was present could 
fail to be stirred with new love for our 
mother, the Church, and with thank- 
fulness for the long life and devoted 
labors of her Presiding Bishop. — Mis- 
sionary Magazine of The Young 

The Christmas celebration of the 
Holy Communion will be held in St. 
Luke's Church on the Feast of St. 
John the Evangelist Wednesday, De- 
cember 27th. 

Since our last issue three Missions 
have been held. The Rev. Reuben 
Meredith of Trinity Church, Scotland 
Neck, was the Missioner at the Church 
of the Heavenly Rest; the Rev Isaac 
Wayne Hughes, Rector of Holy In- 
nocents' Parish, Henderson, held the 
Mission in St. Peter's, Stovall, and 
the Rector was the Missioner at St. 
Luke's. We believe each Mission 
proved to be of spiritual benefit, and 
we are very grateful to our brethren 
of the Clergy for their help. 


All this night bright angels sing, 
Never was such carolling. 
Hark! a voice which loudly cries, 
Mortals, mortals, wake and rise. 
Lo to gladness 
Turns your sadness: 
From the earth is ris'n a Sun, 
Shines all night though day be done. 

Wake, O earth! wake everything! 
Wake! and hear the joy I bring; 
Wake and joy! for all this night 
Heaven and every twinkling light, 

All amazing, 

Still stand gazing; 
Angels, Powers, and all that be, 
Wake and joy this Sun to see. 

Hail! O Sun! O blessed Light! 
Sent into this world by night; 
Let Thy Rays and heavenly Powers 
Shine in these dark souls of ours, 

For most duly 

Thou art truly 
God and man, we do confess: 
Hail! O Sun of Righteousness. 

—William Austin, 1630. 


The Christmas season the world 
over is a time of wonderful experi- 
ence. Cares are forgotten, the bur- 
dens and trials of the hour tempo- 
rarily take flight, the gladness and 
glory of the Christmastide lightens 
the weight upon burdened shoulders. 
Perfectly the child heart enters into 
the gladness of the day; more pro- 
foundly the mature Christian regards 
and enters into the wonderful glory 
significant of the day. Holly and mis- 
tletoe and evergreen, cessation from 
routine toil for the holiest of holi- 
days, family gatherings and friendly 
greetings, sacred chant and holy wor- 
ship and Sacrament partaken — all 
acclaim the hold the day has taken 
on the heart of the world. It is a 
wonderful day of universal joy. 
Wherever Christian influence touches 
the hem of civilization life is better 
and brighter for the associations and 

lessons and promises of this glad 

The whole air at the first Christ- 
mas was tremulous with joy. It was 
a time for holy song, for inspired 
paean, for seraphic song. Let joy 
still come to our homes and hearts. 
Christ gives brightness and beauty, 
gladness and glory, to the whole cir- 
cle of life and duty. — MacArthur. 


Christmas begins with the letter 
"C", which suggests at once that 
wonderful gift of GOD— a CHILD. An- 
gelic messengers were directed to go 
to Bethlehem the first Christmas Eve 
and worship a child. They obeyed, and 
found The CHILD. They found more 
than this— EMMANUEL, GOD with us. 

Christmas, therefore, stands pre- 
eminent as the festival of Childhood. 

CHRIST came as a little Child to 
do away forever with the rule of 
brute force; He came to rule the 
world by gentleness, to lift up and to 
use for the regeneration of sinful 
men all the sweetest, purest and no- 
blest elements in human nature 
which had been overlooked by brute 
force, or by the teaching of philoso- 
phy. CHRIST, the CHILD, taught men 
to reverence the innocence, the beauty 
and the helplessness of Childhood, 
and how to become in heart, in mind 
and ductility of spirit as a little 


The story of the Star and the Magi 
is one of the most beautiful of all the 
stories that gather about the birth of 
the God-Man. But more than this, it 
holds the very center and core of 
Christianity, for that Star is symbolic 
of the leading, not of the Magi only, 
but of all Gentile nations, to the cra- 
dle of the Divine Babe. Year after 
year, through these twenty centuries, 
that steadfast Star has been shining, 
leading men in ever greater numbers 
to the King, until now we see in some 
measure the fulfillment of the prophe- 

cy that "all the ends of the world 
shall remember themselves and be 
turned unto the Lord; and all the 
kingdoms of the nations shall worship 
before Him". 

And if we see not yet all men bow- 
ing the knee before that Manger- 
Throne, is it not a rebuke to us that, 
after twenty centuries, there are those 
still "who sit in darkness and in the 
shadow of death"; and is it not a 
challenge to us to see to it that upon 
them also the True Light shall shine? 
Thus the season of Epiphany, as its 
successive Sundays unveil more and 
more the nature of the "Word made 
Flesh", urges us to the great task of 
world-conquest for Christ. The pro- 
phetic message runs, "I will give Thee 
for a Light unto the Gentiles, that 
Thou mayest be My Salvation unto 
the ends of the earth". God give us 
grace to strive with all our might 
to bring to the Christ-Child those for 
whose adoration He waits. 


Prayer to God presupposes the fact 
of God as a hearer and answerer of 
prayer, in such relations with 
or in such attitude toward 
the one who prays, as to 
justify the privilege of prayer. One 
would have little encouragement to 
make a personal request of God, un- 
less he felt that God would be en- 
treated by him as a petitioner. Hence 
prayer, as a mere supplication or in- 
tercession, involves an understood re- 
lation between him who prays and 
Him Who is prayed to, that carries 
with it well-known privileges and du- 
ties. A man cannot even ask help of 
God unless he has hope that God will 
hear and heed him, because God is 
God, and because the petitioner stands 
as he stands before God; for a cry of 
despair is not in the spirit of prayer. 

Prayer as prayer carries with it 
the duty of praise as praise. He who 
comes to God with requests that he 
expects to have answered ought to be 
grateful that he can come thus hope- 

fully; and he will naturally give ex- 
pression to his thankfulness in hearty 
ascriptions of praise. Asking a favor 
of one who can give includes an obli- 
gation, and so a virtual promise to re- 
turn thanks if the favor be granted. 
"Think" and "thank" are radically the 
same word, and he who fails to thank 
God for his good gifts fails to think 
duly of God as their Giver. So again, 
"Praising" is but another word for 
"appraising", and he who does not 
come to God in prayer, with praise 
for the privilege of praying, fails of 
showing a right estimate and appre- 
ciation of prayer. 

When ten lepers came to Jesus 
with a common petition for their heal- 
ing, Jesus healed them all; but He 
was grieved, for their sakes, that only 
one of them showed his right ap- 
praisal of his cure, by returning to 
give praise for its granting. And the 
one whose prayer was thus accompa- 
nied with praise had a blessing that 
was not secured to the other nine. 
Do one in ten of those who now make 
requests for the day, in their morning 
prayer, preface those requests with 
praise that they can thus come to God, 
or do they return to give thanks in 
the evening for every specific answer 
to the petitions of the morning? 
There can be no spirit of true prayer 
without the spirit of praise accom- 
panying it. — H C. Trumbull. 

We shall soon find him again whom 
we have lost; we come a long step 
nearer to him every day. It is only the 
imagination and the senses that miss 
their object; he whom we can no 
longer see is closer to to us than be- 
fore; we meet him continually in one 
common center — God. As for me, who 
was deprived of seeing him for so 
many years, I talk to him; I open my 
heart to him; I seem to find him in 
God, and although I wept bitterly at 
the news of his death, I cannot feel 
that I have lost him. — Fenelon. 

The fetters of God are the symbols 
of liberty. — Sunday School Times. 


"The Lord preserve thy going out: 
The Lord preserve thy coming in: 
His angels guard thee round about, 
To keep thy soul from every sin: 
And when thy going out is done, 
And when thy coming in is o'er; 
When in the dear and hallowed place 
Thy feet can come and go no more, 
The Lord preserve thy going out 
From this fair world, from friends 

and kin, 
While angels standing round about 
Sing, God preserve thy coming in." 
— Selected. 

We are facing the New Year, and 
its very newness spells opportunity 
and responsibility for us. The year 
that is gone has, for good or for ill, 
passed into God's hands. We will 
thank Him for its achievements of 
whatever sort, in the hope that in 
some little measure we have been 
faithful and true. We will pray par- 
don for our failures, our mistakes, 
our insincerities, in the hope that 
somehow God will overrule these and 
lessen their evil effect. 

But though the past is beyond our 
control and cannot be recalled, the 
present and future are still ours. And 
as we set our faces to the new dawn, 
let it be with the prayer that the past 
may still be useful to us, and out of 
its long succession of failures and 
achievements, may speak to us in 
tones of warning and encouragement, 
pointing the lessons of experience as 
a guide for the paths' that lie ahead. 
In this spirit we can face this New 
Year bravely and hopefully, and with 
the resolve that, by God's grace, it 
will be more to His glory than any 
year that is past. He has committed 
His Church to our keeping; He looks 
to us for its welfare. What will be 
our answer to this trust? What truth, 
what faithfulness, what loyalty, will 
He find in us? In how great measure 
will His Church be advanced and His 
ilear Name be glorified? 
The answer to all this lies ahead 

in the New Year, but on us, individu- 
ally and corporately, that answer ue- 
pends. As children of God and of the 
Light, we must not fail, and in the 
name of the Christ-child, Who gave 
His life for His Church, let us, one 
and all, make it our resolve that this 
year shall be, for us, a glorious and 
blessed one, acceptable unto Him.— 
Rev. W. H. Bliss. 


Rev. Nelson McConomy 
The Statement: 

To the Christian thinker the cen- 
tral thought of Christmas will al- 
ways be the Divine and the human; 
"Immanuel, God with us." Bound 
up with the day is the Incarnation, 
God giving Himself to man. 

Thus Christmas is the fulfill- 
ment, the completion, of man's cre- 
ation. In Adam God breathed His 
spirit into man, made him a living 
soul; in Christ God completed His 
gift in the fullest measure possible 
by giving Himself without stint, 
and through the gift raised man to 
the highest power. 

The Problem: 

On the one hand the goal of re- 
ligion is the indwelling of God in 
man. Religion finds its strength, 
its hold on man, in the demand for 
a vital union with the Divine source 
of Life. This is the deepest passion 
of the human heart. No matter how 
deep a faith we have in an idea, it 
is bound to fail. Human nature is 
limited to human relations and can 
know nothing outside of them. 

On the other hand, God is a liv- 
ing God, a Person, loving, energiz- 
ing, ever seeking the accomplishment 
of His purpose, the satisfaction of 
His loving nature. 

Thus God is like man, human na- 
ture is the reflex of the Divine. Man 
with his attributes of love, justice, 
and mercy represents God. Again, 
man is like God, capable of com- 

munion with Him, as one person 
with another. Hence, man finds Him- 
self to be a partaker of the Divine 
nature, which is the source of all that 
is most truly human in his personal 

Thus, God and man resemble each 
other in these attributes as personal 
beings. All that is now needed is to 
bring these two persons together; to 
unify all the elements of the life of 
man with God; to overcome man's 
separation from God as a result of 
sin. All the differences which exist 
in man and which separate him from 
God, and which find their expression 
in man's self-assertion against God, 
must be harmonized. The reconciling 
of the man is the reconciling of all 

This solution of the problem, fun- 
damentally personal, must itself be 

And the problem is solved in the 
Person of Christ, the Logos, in a his- 
toric Person, not an idea. God unites 
Himself with man, and man may if he 
will, in this Man, become one with 
God, finding in that fellowship his 
true life. 

The Solution: 

Thus the solution of the problem 
means the conception of a Person- 
ality at once divine and human, a 
life lived under historic conditions; 
which is at once the life of God in 
man, and the life of man in and 
through God. Hence the problem 
is settled in a personal Christ. 

He is the Son of God and there- 
fore, also the son of man. In 
Christ, God is fully present, through 
Him fully known, with Him God 
in one. In Christ human nature is 
fully realized, both in respect to its 
complete dependence upon God, and 
its complete fulfillment of spiritual 
union with Him. In Christ human 
nature finds itself raised to its high- 
est perfection, through Him all the 
barriers that separate man from God 
are removed. 

In this way Christ satisfies the 

age-long need of the human spirit, 
a personal union with God; an ethical 
fellowship in which God shall fully 
disclose His character, and impart 
Himself to man; in which man shall 
freely open his heart to the voice of 
God, and find in God his life and 


Beneath the beautiful soft flesh of 
the human body lie the strong and 
rigid bones of the skeleton. These are 
of many kinds. 

Now we find that down underneath 
the beautiful work of the Church, 
which is carried on through its many 
organizations, lie the bones of the 
Church Of these are three distinct 
kinds: wishbones, jawbones and back- 
bones. The wishbones are al- 
ways wishing that the Church 
would grow; that the socie- 
ties would do something, and that 
the Choir would sing; but when do 
they ever give their time and serv- 
ices? They wish that the Church 
would be filled at every service, but 
they seldom ever come to help fill up 
the Church. They wish that the fi- 
nances might always be in a prosper- 
ous condition, but they contribute lit- 
tle or nothing for this purpose. 

The jawbones do much talking in 
the various Church societies, mostly 
"jawing", however, about everything 
that is done; finding fault with those 
who go ahead and do things, and tell- 
ing with great gusto how much better 
they could have done it — only "jaw- 
ing" and nothing more — while they 
devote very little real energy to push- 
ing things along. 

But the tireless workers in every 
Church, those who assist by their 
prayers, their presence, their counsel, 
by their contributions, both at the 
regular Church services and at the 
meetings of the various societies of 
the Church, those are the backbone 
of every flourishing congregation. God 
bless them! — Selected. 


The angel host that sped last night, 
Bearing the wondrous news afar, 

Came in their ever-glorious flight 
Unto a slumbering little star. 

"Awake and sing, O star!" they cried. 
"Awake and glorify the morn! 

Herald the tidings far and wide- 
He that shall lead His flock is 

The little star awoke and sung, 
As only stars in rapture may, 
And presently where church bells 
The joyous tidings found their 

"Awake, O bells! 'tis Christmas morn; 

Awake and let thy music tell 
To all mankind that now is born 

What Shepherd loves His lambkins 

They rang the bells as fled the night 
O'er dreaming land and drowsing 

And coming with the morning light, 
They called my child, to you asleep. 

"Awake and sing! 'tis Christmas 

Whereon all earth salutes her King! 
In Bethlehem is the Shepherd born. 

Awake, O little lamb, and sing!" 

So, my dear child, kneel at my feet, 
And with those voices from above 

Share thou this holy time with me, 
The universal hymn of love. 

— Eugene Field. 


May the peace of the starlit night, 
the joy of the angelic throng, the 
eager hope of the hastening shep- 
herds, the light of the dawning day, 
the tender love of the Virgin Mother, 
the adoration of the wondering wise 
men, possess your heart. May you 
be bestowing rather than receiving, 

forgetting wrongs, remembering kind- 
nesses, healing wounds, lifting bur- 
dens, cheering the cheerless, loving 
the loveless, cause the world to hear 
again the melody of the Divine song 
that broke upon the Judean hills the 
first Christmas Eve: "Glory to God 
in the Highest, and on earth peace, 
good will to men." — Walter Calley. 


God's Christmas gift to us of His 
only begotten Son is meant for our 
acceptance in a much more literal 
way than many of us realize. He 
wants us to take Christ as our sub- 
stitute, not in a legal sense merely, 
but in literal reality. This means that 
Christ in His personal presence will 
live our life for us if we will let Him. 
As we yield up everything to Him and 
die to self, Christ in His own person 
will enter the place where self has 
been and occupy and fill that place 
with Himself, literally, so that for us 
then to live is Christ. It is a literal 
substitution of the personal Son of 
God for ourself. It makes life for me, 
my life, as glorious as Christ's life, 
as glorious as Christ Himself. That 
is the meaning of Christmas. Have 
you taken the Gift in all His fullness? 
— Southern Churchman. 


"And this shall be a sign unto you: 
ye shall find the babe wrapped in 
swaddling clothes, lying in a man- 

Strange is the sign, when I remem- 
ber what it was a sign of, — the sign of 
"Christ, the Lord",- — a sign of the 
Very Presence of God with men! 

Is it because of the weakness of 
our faith and poverty of our under- 
standing of God's ways and dealings, 
and the incompleteness of our powers 
of spiritual apprehension, that Chris- 
tian art has rarely dared to represent 
the Nativity in accordance with these 
words of the angel? They draw for 
us a picture of the completest want 

and destitution. Not even a garment 
was ready for the use of the New 
Born Child, much less a heme. There 
was to be no vision of attending 
angels; no mysterious light haloing 
His form; no miracle of star or 
other physical manifestation, as fond 
hearts have depicted them for us in 
succeeding ages. "Babe" — "manger"! 
That was the sign to the shepherds of 
the Presence of "Christ, the Lord". 

It is because we have not under- 
stood the meaning of this sign that 
we Christian folk are so often sur- 
prised at finding the Spirit of God 
dwelling in what seem to us the most 
unlikely places; — deep in the hearts 
of criminals, of outcasts; in homes of 
bitter poverty; in haunts of vice. 
Again it is the Bethlehem sign vouch- 
safed to us. If I would only, like the 
shepherds, go forth with dauntless 
faith and earnest love into these and 
like places, go forth into the Bethle- 
hems of life and search their stables 
for my Lord, I also, like them, would 
find Him to my own great blessing, 
and that of many another. 

Have I mourned and protested and 
prayed over the awful war which is 
rending Europe with fratricidal strife? 
Let me not doubt that even here, here 
in the stable of man's inhumanity to 
man, here in the stable of human self- 
ishness, I may still find God mani- 
fest; that, to those who have ears to 
hear and eyes to see, He will show 
Himself, even through the evils. 

So the Christmas-tide joy is more 
than the miracle of God manifest in 
the flesh; more than the wonder of 
Humanity taken into God. It is hu- 
manity revealed to its own self. And 
this revelation gives birth to that tri- 
umphant and exultant optimism which 
sees hope in and promise for every 
man, however mean or low, because 
I have learned that there is no place 
nor heart which is too poor or weak 
for the Presence of God; no place 
where He will not and does not enter 
and dwell, if only it will open to Him 

And so I come to realize the great- 

ness of the Love of God when I find 
of how little account He is ready to 
make Himself that He may fit Him- 
self for me and my conditions; how 
He is ready to dwell even in the sta- 
ble of my life, if thereby He may 
gain some part of myself and of my 
love. The infinite littleness of God is 
even more wonderful and far more 
love-compelling than His infinite 
This, too, is the Bethlehem lesson. 


Every Christian life needs a plan — 
steady, well-kept, good all the year 
round — to give direction to all Chris- 
tian efforts. Without a plan, we be- 
come fitful, zealous at one time, cold 
at another. Satan cannot conquer a 
Christian life that has a plan to live 
by. Our circumstances in life are very 
different, and by necessity the plans 
will be modified thereby; still, each 
one should realize the value of sys- 
tem, and arrange a method which ac- 
cords with our vocation. 

If you plan to go to Church each 
Sunday you will be there more regu- 
larly than if you leave it to be de- 
cided from time to time. Whatever you 
resolve to do will sometimes be dif- 
ficult to perform, and you have saved 
your resolution if you can meet the 
difficulty with the response: "That's 
my plan," and follow it out. If we 
could read the records of human life 
we would find that we have many 
times fallen into bad habits, neglected 
our duties, yielded to temptation, 
broken our good resolutions, simply 
because our Christian life was a kind 
of a hap-hazard, go-as-you-feel sort of 
thing, and lacked a well-kept plan. 

O give us strength to face our day 
With courage, as Thy sons of old, 
To lift our voice in prophecies 
Against the gods of stone and gold; 
Give us to see and understand 
The heart of man, and to forgive; 
Give us the faith to touch Thy hand; 



By the Rev. Louis Tucker 

Abraham of old 

Nearby Bethlehem 
Built a tower of stones 

Roughly hewing them, 

David played therein, 

Then grew king, and there 

Built in Bethlehem 
A great castle fair. 

Tower and castle old 
Were in ruins laid: 

Of the castle vault 
Was a stable made; 

And the tower served 
For a fold, to keep 

Shepherds and a flock 
Of the Temple sheep. 

Abraham's gray tower, 
David's town, God's sheep 

On a starry night 
Once lay fast asleep; 

When an angel sent 
With a message found 

Shepherds there awake, 
Lying on the ground. 

So he told it there, 
Standing over them. 

They, when he was gone, 
Went to Bethlehem, 

To the stable-vault 

David built, where they 
(Safe asleep and warm) 
Knew the oxen lay. 

There they found a man 
And a woman fair 

Bending o'er a babe 
In the manger there. 

Just a baby small 

In a stable born. 
Though the angel hosts 

Heralded that morn, 

Though God's Saints of old 
Prayed to see that birth, 

Though that little Child 
Has changed all the earth, 

In a stable old 

Without anything 
But a poor man's love — 

Thus was born the King. 


The Anglican Communion is em- 
phatically the Church of the English 
speaking race, for it includes: 

The Church of England, with its 
sixty-three Bishops and 33,000 other 

The Church of Ireland, with its thir- 
teen Bishops and 2,200 other Clergy- 

The Episcopal Church of Scotland, 
with its eight Bishops and 400 other 

The Protestant Episcopal Church of 
the United States of America, with its 
ninety Bishops and nearly 6,000 other 

The Episcopal Church in Canada, 
New Foundland and West Indies, etc., 
with its thirty-one Bishops and 1,700 
other Clergy. 

The Episcopal Church in Asia, with 
its nineteen Bishops and 1,000 other 

The Episcopal Church in Africa, 
with its twenty-two Bishops and 600 
other Clergy. 

The Episcopal Church in Australia, 
with its twenty-four Bishops and 400 
other Clergy. 

Bishops resigned, thirty. 

Making a total in round numbers of 
305 Bishops and 44,500 other Clergy. 

The total number of communicants 
of this great Anglican Communion, of 
which each communicant in this Dio- 
cese counts one, is considerably over 
30,000,000, while the number of bap- 
tized individuals is no doubt consider- 
ably more than 90,000,000. 

It is, therefore, true that the great 
Anglican Communion, of which we are 
a part, is emphatically the Church of 
the English speaking race. — Delaware 

K\)t jUles&enger 

"Earnestly contend for the Faith once 

for all delivered unto the Saints." 

Published in the Interest of 


Stovall, N. C. 


Middleburg, N. C. 


Mecklenburg C, Va. 


Towsville, N. C. 


Williamsboro, N. C. 


Telephone: Oxford T-9-5-R. 


The pews in Holy Trinity Church 
have just received two coats of hard 
oil. The interior of the church looks 
a great deal better. Something must 
be done to the windows in the near 
future — the light is entirely too 
strong. Unless this can be remedied, 
some of our furniture will be dam- 
aged. Suggestions will be gladly re- 

We are happy to publish news like 
this: The Churches of this ffeld heard 
the appeal of the suffering Christians 
in Armenia and Syria, and they gave 
over fifty-six dollars to the fund for 
the alleviation of their sufferings. Nor 
did our people forget needy ones at 
home. The Thanksgiving Day offer- 
ings always are sent to the orphans at 
our Church Orphanage — the Thomp- 
son Orphanage, Charlotte. The Church 
of the Heavenly Rest sent them a box 
of clothing and canned goods; the 
Sunday School of that Church sent 
$1.75, and the communicants of the 
Church added $11.25, making a total 
of $13. Holy Trinity, Townsville, 
despite the many appeals made lately, 
made up an offering of $13, and St. 
Luke's, Mecklenburg County, Va., who 
always respond nobly to all appeals, 
gave us an offering of $8.22. Thus we 
had $34.22 to send. St. Peter's, Stovall, 
will send their offering next month. 

Services will be held (D. V.) in St. 
Peter's Church, Stovall, as hereto- 
fore announced, and also on the fifth 
Sunday in December, at 7:30 p. m. At 
this time an offering will be received 
for the Thompson Orphanage. 

The Christmas Tree for the chil- 
dren of Holy Trinity Sunday School 
will be placed in the Townsville High 
School on Thursday night, December 
28th, 1916. The public is most cordial- 
ly invited. On the same night, at the 
same place, the ladies of the Parish 
Aid Society will have a lot of nice 
oysters to tempt the appetite of those 
present. Come and help Santa Claus 
to make the occasion a happy one. 

The Rectory proposition is continu- 
ing to interest the communicants who 
attend Holy Trinity Church. Just at 
present we have funds on hand 
amounting to over four hundred dol- 
lars. Another hundred has been 
promised. One kind friend has prom- 
ised to give the lumber for the roo**, 
another has promised to give all the 
doors, and two others have said they 
would furnish the timber necessary 
for the framing. This, in addition to 
the funds we have, and those prom- 
ised, will amount to almost a thou- 
sand dollars. We shall need at least 
fifteen hundred. Several of our com- 
municants have not contributed to 
this fund at this writing. Please give 
what you can, as soon as you can, in 
order that work may begin at once. 
The Building Committee has decided 
on a lot, and plans for the building 
are being considered. The timber is 
to be sawed within the next ten days 
at Mr. S. R. Adams' mill. 

The ladies of the Parish Aid Society 
and Woman's Auxiliary of the Church 
of the Heavenly Rest are, as usual, 
hard at work. This time they are busy 
getting ready for the Annual Bazaar. 

Our good folks of Holy Trinity had 
their hearts gladdened recently when 
the announcement of the gift of a pipe 
organ was made. St. Stephen's Church, 
Oxford, has just placed an order for a 
large Austin organ, and at a called 
meeting of the congregation the old 

organ was given to Holy Trinity. We 
feel very, very appreciative to the 
people of St. Stephen's; and we hope 
they will come to our Church and 
see and hear the organ in use. This is 
a gift of which we are proud. 

Wanted— A bell for St Peter's 

Wanted — A Bishop's chair for Holy 
Trinity Church. 

Wanted — A font and a hymn tablet 
for St. Luke's Church. 

Wanted — A large cedar cross for 
the roof of the Church of the Heaven- 
ly Rest. 

Wanted — An Altar cross for St. 
John's Church. 

The usual fifth Sunday service will 
be held at St. John's Church. The 
Holy Communion will be celebrated 
and a sermon preached. 

Recent offerings for the Missionary 
work of the Church made since our 
last issue include $15 from St. Luke's 
Church, $6 from the Church of the 
Heavenly Rest and $2.60 from St. 

Among the things done at the re- 
cent General Convention of the 
Church, held at St. Louis, is included 
permission to use a new hymnal, in 
which there are a number of carols 
for Christmas and other festivals. 
They decided to send three men, Bish- 
op Francis of the Diocese of In- 
dianapolis; Father Officer, of the Or- 
der of the Holy Cross, and Dr. Dillard, 
to visit our Mission in Liberia, Africa, 
and they asked them to go up the 
Congo river into the heart of Africa — 
the Sudan — and find out whether we 
are to have a mission there. They ac- 
cepted the resignations of Bishop Os- 
borne of Springfield and Bishop 
Johnston of West Texas, who retired 
on account of age, and elected two 
new Missionary Bishops, the Rev. Dr. 
Hugh Burleson, of the Board of Mis- 
sions, to be Bishop of South Dakota 
and the Rev. Mr. Touret, of Colorado 
Springs, to be Bishop of Western Col- 
orado. Plans were laid by which the 
Panama Canal Zone might become a 
Missionary District. Bishop Lloyd, for- 

merly of Virginia, was re-elected 
President of the Board of Missions, 
and all the old Board was re-elected 
again. The General Convention will 
meet in 1919 in Detroit. 

At the meeting of the Convention a 
great deal of money was received for 
the Missionary work of the Church. 
The Woman's Auxiliary gave a United 
Offering of $352,147.04— $46,000 more 
than the offering of three years ago. 
In addition, over $100,000 was given 
and pledged for different Missionary 
purposes. The Convention passed a 
vote of thanks to the Sunday Schools 
of the Church for the splendid Lenten 

The Priest-in-Charge will be very 
glad to arrange private Communions 
at any time, particularly during 
Christmas-tide, for those who cannot 
attend the public services. 

The following letter was received 
by one of our communicants recently: 
"Dear Miss Alline: 

"I see from the booklet you sent me 
that $20 is needed to get your Church 
out of debt (Holy Trinity Church). 
Tell them this is from a chap who was 
raised in Townsville, and possibly, as 
a boy, played on the ground where the 
church now stands. 

"J. R. ESTES, 
"Birmingham, Ala." 

A check for $20 was enclosed. The 
Church is within two or three dollars 
of being free from debt, and we are 
planning to have the consecration 
when the Bishop makes his visitation 
in January. 

The Rector asked him, "Why don't 
you ride on the train, Doctor?" He 
modestly replied, "I walk and save 
the fare and add it to my offering to 
Almighty God." What a splendid ex- 
ample for a Christian soldier! One 
who has served the Master all the 
days of his life. When you are tempt- 
ed to neglect your duty in worship- 
ping God in His Holy Temple, will 
you not look to this example which 
God has placed among us? 

It was a mistake on his part 

He Didn't Intend to Come in Oar Store— Jast Dropped in Offhand 

Now he's a steadfast customer, and all because we cleaned, pressed and 
repaired his clothes so well that he kept on coming. 
The same high grade service is at your command. 

R. L. Brame, The Tailor 


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Turnip Seed, hut before you plant, be 
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Effective October, 1916, the Morning Services at St. Luke's and Holy Trin- 
ity will begin at 11:15, instead of 11:30, and the Evening Services at all 
Churches in this field will begin at 8 o'clock. 






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